On two occasions I had the great pleasure of interviewing energy healer and medical intuitive Geoffrey Morell. Former New Zealand dairy farmer, Mr. Morell currently lives near Washington D.C. with his wife, Sally Fallon-Morell. Together they co-founded the Weston A. Price Foundation and they are keen advocates for a nutrient-dense diet. So often our store-bought processed foods don’t give us the full range of nutrients our bodies require for optimum health. So it may be imperative for each of us to seek foods rich in nutrients. One such food I wrote of in a previous column was bee pollen, something I try to eat every day.
Health advocates cannot agree on which foods are best for us all. Understandable, considering each of us is genetically different and each of us leads a life varying in physical, emotional and mental intensity. Having said this, most nutritionists would agree that it is important to consume a high percentage of fresh fruit and vegetables each day. And most would also agree that in order to maximize the nutritional value of food, fresh, local and organic is best. And eating fresh, local and organic has another important benefit. This simple act connects us more deeply with our local natural environment, leading us to automatically wish to nurture and protect that very environment which feeds us. We then each become better guardians or kaitiaki for our beautiful part of the world.
red guavaIt is widely acknowledged that berries are rich in vitamins and minerals. Goji berries are touted as a superfruit having broad health benefits. But most goji berries are cultivated in China and since the early 21st century, high levels of insecticide and fungicide residues have been detected in some imported goji berries and goji berry products of Chinese origin.
So rather than looking for a superfruit grown elsewhere why not turn to one growing right here in the Far North, possibly in your own backyard? Red or strawberry guavas (Psidium cattleianum) are extremely hardy bushes producing a profusion of berries every year. I use them raw in (admittedly somewhat crunchy) smoothies many mornings at this time of the year.
Guavas have one of nature’s highest concentrations of antioxidants, are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins C, folic acid, and the dietary minerals, potassium, copper and manganese. A single common guava fruit contains about four times the amount of vitamin C as an orange.
Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and are useful in lowering the risk of cancer.
The abundance of beta carotene in guavas helps improve vision. The vitamin E found in these tasty red fruits nourishes the skin and the high fibre content of guavas will help those suffering from constipation.
Guavas are rich in B vitamins. Niacin, better known as vitamin B3, promotes blood circulation, thereby stimulating brain function.
So the next time you get the munchies don’t think twice. Think guava.

Radio host, librarian, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.wordpress.com